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New Products - Publications - Updates - Upgrades
Compiled by David Zantow N9EWO  --  Editor "Passport to World Band Radio" 2000-2009

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Icom IC-705 HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver FCC Cleared
The exciting and long awaited Icom IC-705 HF/VHF/UHF QRP Transceiver was “officially” FCC cleared on August 06, 2020. Tx Coverage is HF, 6 meters, 2 meters and 440 MHz. Rx Coverage is 0.03-199.000 & 400-470.000 MHz. Large 4.3 inch Color Touch Screen. RF Direct Sampling (Down conv. for >25 MHz). Real-Time Spectrum Display with Waterfall. D-Star, Wireless LAN, GPS and Bluetooth® are all included as stock. RF power output up to 5 watts with the supplied BP-272 battery, or up to 10 watts with external 12 VDC. MicroSD slot is provided for firmware upgrade, programming, voice recording and GPS log data. Includes DC power cord, BP-272 battery, programmable HM-243 speaker mic and VHF/UHF BNC whip antenna. Optional accessories include the LC-192 backpack and AH-705 external antenna tuner. Pricing and availability will be announced shortly and is scheduled for early Fall 2020 release (subject to change). [August 7]

Grundig Satellit 750 to return as the new Eton Elite 750
The famous Grundig Satellit 750 is returning to the marketplace as the new Eton Elite 750. Same excellent coverage of long wave (100-519 kHz), medium wave and continuous shortwave frequencies (1711-29999.9 kHz including SSB modes) as well as FM (stereo to the earphone jack or rear phono line out jacks). Plus includes the VHF aeronautical band (117-137 MHz) with squelch control. Wide or narrow bandwidth filters. Tuning methods include: Conventional tuning knob, quick keypad entry or via the 1000 memories that can be split up a number of different ways. Separate bass and treble controls. Built-in top mounted rotatable directional ferrite antenna with analog S-meter. Operation is from the included AC adapter or from four D cells (not supplied). This model is expected 08/31/20. We are accepting orders now [June 6]

AOR AR5700D Receiver FCC Cleared
The long awaited AOR AR5700D consumer “B” version was “officially” FCC cleared on April 22, 2020. A wideband communications receiver that covers 9 kHz to 3700 MHz (less cellular) in traditional analog modes (SSB, CW, AM, SAM, FM, FM stereo) as well as various digital modes including: APCO P-25 (Phase I), D-CR, DMR, Mototrbo, dPMR, NXDN, TETRA, Alinco EJ-47 GMSK, D-STAR and Yaesu FUSION (DN Mode). [April 26]

New “Yaesu FTM-300DR” VHF/UHF Fusion Transceiver
The new and exciting Yaesu FTM-300DR VHF/UHF digital transceiver features simultaneous receive (V+V, U+U, V+U, U+V) including Fusion operation on both bands. Two inch TFT color display. RF power is selectable for 5/25/50 watts output. The design includes Yaesu’s exclusive FACC Funnel Air-Convection Conductor – Wind Tunnel heavy-duty heat sink. Bluetooth is built in. New style SSM-85D DTMF hand microphone (included) and two external speaker jacks. This model is expected in April 2020. We are accepting orders now. [February 27, 2020]

Rare Drake SW8 Parts
We made a golden find of very rare parts that will be of interest to Drake SW8 receiver owners. First are replacement rubber membrane keypads. This is one of the first items that requires attention in a aging SW8 receiver. Second are replacement telescopic whip antenna’s. Very limited quantities, while they last! . [February 17]

Sangean HDR-15 AM / FM HD Radio
A very unique table radio is now available. The new Sangean HDR-15 features AM / FM high quality HD Radio™ reception in a very handy “night stand” size. Don’t let it’s small size fool you. It’s loaded with features including 20 AM and FM Presets, auxiliary input for ipod’s or MP3 player, backlit LCD display for frequency, radio text, audio mode, signal quality, clock time and emergency alerts. A very handy 5 volt 1 Amp USB jack for charging your mobile phone or other USB device. “Line output” jack is also provided for connection to another amplifier or recorder device. This stylish radio features three alarm functions with HWS (Humane Waking System) that wakes you to your choice of a buzzer or radio that will start off with a soft low volume and then gradually increase. Includes FM wire antenna and AC power adapter. [February 04, 2020]

New 2020 Publications
2020 – World Radio TV Handbook. The 74th edition of the famous “World Radio TV Handbook” is now available. WRTH is the definitive source of broadcast radio information (MW, FM and shortwave bands). Also includes propagation predictions and maps along with a number of receiver reviews. This years reviews include: Elad FDM Duo R, Airspy HF+ Discovery, Tecsun 310et and the SDRPlay RSPDuo’s Diversity upgrade. Special articles in the 2020 edition include: HF Transmitting Antennas, Sea Breeze & Wind from Japan, Radio on New Caledonia, Sfax Transmitting Site and Medium Wave Propagation. © December 2019 672 pages. [December 21]

Worldwide Listening Guide. This book explains radio listening in all of today's formats: “live,” on-demand, podcast, terrestrial, satellite, Internet, digital, analog, AM, FM, shortwave and WiFi. Here is a comprehensive guide to what can be heard how, where and when. Printed every two years. Ninth Edition © December 2019 184 pages. [December 21]

C Crane CCradio 3B
The C Crane CCRadio 3B is the latest model of the CC Radio 2 family. A quality AM / FM band radio specifically designed for talk radio, news, sports and weather. This 3B version is the first in the line to include Bluetooth® capability. This allows your Bluetooth® enabled phone or iPod to wirelessly connect to the 3B to enjoy your audio through the radio's speaker system. The green backlit LCD display has three levels of brightness plus "off" settings (always on when using AC power). Separate Bass and Treble controls, combined with the large 5 inch speaker and powerful 1.8 watt audio amplifier (on AC), provides full fidelity. Extended band coverage includes the VHF NOAA weather (with alert function) and 2 Meter Amateur Radio bands which can also search (5 memory channels are provided on each band). A mini headphone , audio “in and out”, plus AM external antenna jacks are provided. Operates from AC or 4 “D’ size batteries (not included). Available for immediate shipment. [November 27]

New Sangean PR-D17 “Talking” AM/FM Portable
Sangean has produced a top performing PR-D17 AM/FM stereo portable for the visually impaired with large yellow tuning and volume knobs along with buttons with raised symbols to aid in identification (it’s five preset buttons are marked in Braille). But the real difference is it provides voice prompts of all controls that announce all functions in female English or Spanish. Additionally, the tuned frequency and band is voice announced as you tune the indented tuning knob. It also features RDS, 200 mm ferrite antenna for the best possible AM reception, clock and sleep functions, stereo-mono switch, fold down handle, headphone and line-in jacks. Dual 2.5 inch speakers with powerful 800 mW x 800 mW amplifier. Operates on 6 alkaline / Ni-Mh batteries (not supplied) or with the included 9VDC 700mA AC Adapter. Now shipping. [August 23]

Yaesu FT3DR Shipping
The long awaited Yaesu FT3DR have started shipping from Universal Radio. A full featured “Fusion” 2 meter / 440 MHz handheld transceiver that uses a 320 x 240 dot matrix full color TFT “Touch” display. Other attractive features include, built in Bluetooth and GPS, Dual simultaneous receive (V+U, U+V,V+V, U+U), full 5 watts RF power (4 selectable settings) and 700 mw of audio power. A portable Digital Node Function allows WIRES-X from any location such as a Hotel room, Airport, or a Free Wi-Fi connection. The FT3DR also includes reception of the Medium Wave and FM broadcast bands (which can operate while receiving TWO VHF/UHF signals) as well as the Shortwave from 1.8 to 30 MHz (AM Mode). An extremely useful off air recording function has been included that is saved on its micro SD card. [August 21]

New Eton Elite Field Receiver
Eton has released an improved version of the “Field” portable receiver. The new “Elite” model features RDS - Radio Data System that enables FM broadcasters to deliver more than just an analog audio signal, but also to transmit alphanumeric data, like the station’s call letters, style of music, song title, artist and more. It continues to offer Bluetooth® technology to allow you to wirelessly play your Bluetooth® music player or other device through the radio’s large speaker and audio amplifier! Frequency coverage receives AM, FM, FM stereo (to earphone jack) and complete international shortwave coverage from 1.7 to 30 MHz The memory system stores 50 stations:  10 AM, 10 FM, 10 SW-1, 10 SW-2 and 10 SW-3. Available for immediate shipment. [June 26]

Free Tenba P-107 case with CommRadio CTX-10 Purchase
For a limited time only, Universal Radio is including free a Tenba P-107 case with all CommRadio CTX-10 purchases. The high quality Tenba P107 case features generous foam padding and removable inserts with a zippered pocket on the back panel and webbed pockets on the ends. There is a cushioned handle and adjustable shoulder strap. At 10 x 8 x 8 inches, it is the perfect size for holding the CTX-10 and accessories. [June 10]

New Yaesu FT3DR Flagship HT
The new Yaesu FT3DR dual band FM/C4FM handheld was officially announced at the 2019 Dayton Hamvention on May 17th. This extremely compact 5 watt Digital Fusion transceiver features include: High-resolution full color 320 x 240 "Touch Screen" TFT LCD display, 700mW of Speaker audio power, Simultaneous C4FM digital monitoring for both the A and B bands (C4FM/C4FM standby), Built in GPS, Bluetooth and SBR-14LI 2200 mAh Li-ion battery all included as stock, Real Dual Band Operation (V+V, U+U, V+U, U+V), 1200/ 9600bps APRS Data modem, Micro-SD card slot, Wide-range RX coverage from 0.5 MHz – 999.99 MHz (A Band)/ 108 MHz – 580 MHz (B Band), Voice Recording Function for receive and transmit audio. FCC approval, availability and price are expected in July. [May 20]

New Uniden CB-GPSK GPS Unit
The Uniden CB-GPSK is an optional GPS unit for the SDS200 base/mobile scanner. This device will continually tell your SDS200 scanner where it is, so it may select the appropriate frequencies for the area you are driving through. Great for long car trips. Now shipping from stock. [Apr 27]

New Icom IC-9700 VHF/UHF “All Mode“ SDR
Icom’s exciting IC-9700 VHF/UHF “all mode” desktop transceiver are now shipping. Features the direct sampling SDR architecture and 4.3 inch TFT color LCD touch screen with real time spectrum scope as found in the matching IC-7300 HF transceiver (down conversion IF sampling for 1.2 GHz band). Includes the 1.2 GHz band and D-Star mode “out of the box”. Full duplex operation and dual watch (no VHF/VHF or UHF/UHF) and has main and sub-receive. Power output is 100 watts on 2 meters, 75 watts on 440 MHz and 10 watts at 1.2 GHz. Requires 13.8 VDC at 18 Amps. Supplied with HM-219 hand mic and DC power cord. [Apr 26]

Yaesu FTDX101D Now Available
The long awaited Yaesu FTDX101D 160 to 6 meter transceivers are now shipping from Universal Radio. The “D” 100 watt version features a dual receiver with hybrid SDR technology, high Q VC front end, 3 stock roofing filters, two level receive preamps. Stunning 7 inch high brightness color TFT touch display is provided along with an external DVI monitor connection. On board internal antenna tuner is included. The SSM-75M hand microphone which features a very handy “Mute” button, is also supplied. The 200 watt “MP” version is planned for mid 2019 release. [April 17]

New Uniden Bearcat SDS200
The new Uniden Bearcat SDS200 is the Base/Mobile version of the SDS100 handheld scanner. Frequency coverage is identical : 25-512, 758-824, 849-869, 895-960 and 1240-1300 MHz. Incorporates the latest True I/Q receiver technology, which provides the best digital decode performance in the industry, even in challenging “multicast” environments. This radio comes with AD-1009 AC adapter, USB cable, installed 8 Gb MicroSD card, BNC telescopic antenna, cigarette lighter DC power cord, 12 VDC cord, mobile bracket and printed manual. Availability is scheduled for mid February. We are accepting orders now. [Jan 10]

New 2019 Publications
2019-2020 – Guide to Utility Stations by Joerg Klingenfuss. Best guide to non-broadcast stations in the range of 0 - 30 MHz on the planet. Now published every two years. Over 3200 changes from the last edition! 30th Edition. 545 pages.

2019 – World Radio TV Handbook. The 73rd edition include articles on HF Curtain Arrays, Broadcasting for Peace in the Lake Chad region, the new MW transmitter installed by TWR Bonaire and V7AB Radio Marshall Islands. Equipment reviews: WiNRADIO Excalibur Sigma, Reuter RDR51 ‘Pocket’, Icom IC-R30, Airspy HF+, SDRPlay RSPDuo and XHDATA D-808, along with other articles, information and maps. 672 pages.

2019 – ARRL Handbook 96th Edition. Entire sections for the 2019 edition have been updated. Printed in soft cover or a six volume boxed set. 1280 pages.   [Dec 8]

Uniden Bearcat SDS100 Bigger Battery & New Accessories
The Uniden Bearcat SDS100 handheld scanners are now shipping with the new larger capacity BT954 lithium ion battery (5400 mAh). The new EBC100 optional external charger accessory allows charging of the BT953 or BT954 off the radio and a BT954 battery is included! Other new accessories include the BC-UTGC cable (for the BC-GPSK GPS receiver) and the A28100B custom nylon carrying case. [Nov 24]

Kenwood TS-890S Pricing and Availability Announced
Pricing on the new very exciting Kenwood TS-890S HF Transceiver is now available. Kenwood is offering the ARCP-890 Radio Control Program and ARHP-890 Radio Host Program as FREE downloads from their website. Availability is scheduled for early October 2018. Orders are now being accepted. [Sept 20]

COMPACtenna 20m/2m/440 Antenna
How about a antenna that covers the 20 meter amateur band and is only 20 inches long? You may say that is totally crazy, but not anymore. The revolutionary COMPACTenna 20M/2M/440 uses a patented design which includes magnetic-field-enhancement. This allows the extremely short antenna to perform amazingly well for its height. Coverage includes 20 meters, 2 meters and 440 MHz. Power capacity is 100 Watts HF, 85 Watts 2m and 50 Watts 440. The antenna uses a standard a 3/8"-24 mount (not included). May be used successfully with a very small ground plane. A simple 3/8x24 magnetic mount can be set on a 36 by 48 inch galvanized metal plate (available from Home Depot). The result is a compact, yet effective antenna makes for a low-cost easy installation base station antenna in an attic as well as a variety of limited-space locations. Mounting the antenna to a small flat metal sheet or mesh that is only 3 ft. by 3 ft. provides good (V)SWR’s and performance. [Aug 28]

Uniden Bearcat SDS100 Handheld Scanner
The new Uniden Bearcat SDS100 handheld scanner allows reception of APCO Project 25 Phase I and Phase II, X2-TDMA, Motorola™, EDACS™, and LTR™ Trunked Radio Systems. The SDS100 is the first scanner with true I/Q receiver design for improved digital performance in simulcast areas. Additional modes such as DMR Tier III, Hytera XPT, Single Channel DMR, NXDN 4800/9600 and EDACS ProVoice will eventually be available by a paid upgrade. Frequency coverage is 25-512, 758-824, 849-869, 894-960 and 1240-1300 MHz. Customizable color LCD. Includes the AC adapter, USB cable, hand strap, installed MicroSD card, lithium ion battery, SMA-BNC adapter, SMA antenna, belt clip and printed manual. [Jun 4]

AOR – Yaesu AR-DV10 Wideband Handheld Receiver
The new AOR AR-DV10 wideband communications receiver covers 100 kHz to 1300 MHz (less cellular ) in traditional analog modes (SSB, CW, AM, SAM, FM) as well as various digital modes including: APCO P-25 (Phase 1), D-CR, DMR (Tier I & II), Mototrbo, dPMR, NXDN™, TETRA, Alinco EJ-47 GMSK, D-STAR and Yaesu FUSION. 2,000 memory channels (40 banks of 50 channels), and various scanning options are available. Uses SDR digital processing technologies equipped with an Altera Cyclone IV FPGA and an analog Blackfin DSP. The One-touch Recording feature enables a user to record a received audio signal with a touch of the “REC” button on the front panel and audio recordings can be easily played and saved to the micro SD card as a WAV file. Supplied with 7.4V 2000 mAh Li-ion battery, AC power adapter, charger cradle, microSD card, BNC antenna and belt clip. Size is a compact 2.6 x 5.4 x 1.7 inches at 14.8 oz. The SBT-12 tray option allows use of 6 AA alkaline batteries. This radio is distributed and supported in the U.S. by Yaesu USA. It comes with a three year limited warranty from Yaesu. [Jun 4]

Icom IC-R30 Handheld Wideband Receiver “Now in Stock".
Icom’s long awaited IC-R30 handheld wideband receiver is now in stock. Outstanding frequency coverage between 100 kHz to 3304.999 MHz (less cellular). Reception modes include: FM, WFM, AM, USB, LSB, CW, D-STAR®, APCO P25 Phase 1, NXDN®, dPMR® and DCR (SSB, CW and digital modes: 0.1 MHz–1.3 GHz). 2000 memories (scanning at 200 channels/second), voice synthesizer, built-in Bluetooth® and GPS, spectrum display and dual receive including analog/analog and analog/digital. Dual RECORDING is also available onto it’s microSD card. The IC-R30 comes with SMA telescopic antenna, BP-287 Li-ion battery pack, belt clip, hand strap, AC power adapter, drop-in charge tray and basic printed manual. [May 23]

Icom SP-41 External Speaker with Filters
Icom’s new SP-41 base speaker is tailored to match the style and size of the IC-7610 transceiver. It also looks great with the IC-718, IC-7300, IC-7410, IC-9100 and the IC-R8600 receiver. Features High and Low cut filters, dual inputs and speaker “on/off” buttons. A full size “quarter inch” phone jack is also provided on the front panel. The 8 ohm 80mm, 3.15 inch speaker handles 5 watts (7 watts maximum) of audio. [Mar 19]

Yaesu FT-818 MF/HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver
Yaesu has upgraded the classic FT-817 portable transceiver. The new FT-818 adds a more powerful 6 watt transmitter (2 watts on AM). Additional new features include the TCXO-9 high-stability “±0.5 PPM” oscillator as standard and also a SBR-32MH 9.6 Volt 1900 mAh NiMH high-capacity internal battery. [Mar 3]

Icom ID-31A “Plus” UHF Transceiver
Icom has improved the ID-31A UHF D-Star super compact handheld transceiver with the new “Plus” model. This second generation ID-31A PLUS version adds: Faster Data transfer in DV mode, RS-MS1A Android™ Application (OPC-2350LU cable required), Additional Dplus reflector link commands, DV and FM repeater search functions, Enhanced D-PRS functions, Terminal and Access Point Modes. [Jan 13, 2018]

CommRadio CTX-10 QRP SDR Transceiver
AeroStream Communications new CommRadio CTX-10 QRP transceiver has now been F.C.C. approved and an introductory price of $999.99 (on first 240 units) has been announced. We are now taking reservations for estimated March 2018 delivery. This exciting 10 watt output transceiver features a built in antenna tuner, CW decoder and optical tuning knob encoder. OLED display. Portable operation is made possible using three common #18650 internal lithium ion batteries. This robust, quality device is built in Colorado, U.S.A. [Dec 4]

Icom IC-7610 SDR HF Transceiver FCC Cleared
The long awaited Icom IC-7610 HF Transceiver was “officially” FCC cleared on November 6th, 2017. It provides professional performance in the 160 to 6 meter amateur bands. Dual direct sampling SDR receivers that also use digital preselectors. Will support an external monitor connection via it’s rear DVI connector. Pricing and availability will announced shortly. [Nov 7]

Universal Radio Has Moved
Universal Radio has moved from Reynoldsburg, Ohio to Worthington, Ohio. It is a smaller space, but the same number of new and used radios are on display. This will be the fourth location change since Universal was founded in 1942. Universal will continue to serve the amateur and short wave communities which Universal Radio has done for 75 years. Phone numbers and store hours have not changed. [Nov 6]

Universal Radio Inc.
651-B Lakeview Plaza Blvd.
Worthington, OH 43085

AOR – Tokyo Ham Fair September 2017
AOR announced two new upcoming “Wide Band” receivers at the JARL Tokyo Ham Fair 2017. The new AR-DV10 handheld’s frequency coverage is from 100 kHz to 1300 MHz (less cellular on "B" version) in traditional analog modes (SSB, CW, AM, SAM, FM) as well as widely used digital modes including: APCO P-25 (Phase I & II), D-CR, DMR, Mototrbo, dPMR, NXDN, TETRA, Alinco EJ-47 GMSK, D-STAR and Yaesu FUSION. A Micro SD card-slot that supports “off air” audio recording. Uses a hi-capacity 2000 mAh Li-ion battery and drop in charger. The new desktop AR5700D model covers 9 kHz to 3700 MHz (less cellular) in traditional analog modes (SSB, CW, AM, SAM, FM) as well as the same digital modes as the AR-DV10. More technical information, availability and pricing as soon as it is released. AOR also announced the early development of an enhanced version of their existing top-end AOR Alpha. [Sept 21]

New Icom IC-R8600 Wide Band “SDR” Receiver
The long awaited Icom IC-R8600 has started to ship. The IC-R8600 coverage is from 10 kHz to 3000 MHz (less cellular) in AM, S-AM (Synchronous Detector), USB, LSB, CW, FM. Additionally it decodes multiple digital protocols, including Baudot RTTY, D-STAR™, NXDN™, dPMR™, DCR (Digital Communication Radio) and APCO P25 (Phase 1). It has a large 4.3 inch color TFT touch screen display with fast spectrum scope and waterfall display. The receiver employs FPGA/DSP base SDR architecture (under 30 MHz) and traditional superheterodyne circuitry. 2000 memories (in 100 groups) are available storing frequency, mode, tone, step, etc. There is a convenient front accessible SD card slot for received log, decode log and audio “off air” recording. Optional RS-R8600 Windows PC remote control software allows control of all receiver functions including for worldwide listening and control. The optional CS-R8600 software allows for computer programming of the memories. [July 7]

New Yaesu FT-2980R 80 Watt Mobile Transceiver
The new Yaesu FT-2980R provides a powerful 80 watts of output power. No fan is required thanks to Yaesu’s advanced die cast chassis and heatsink design. This compact radio has four power levels of 80, 30, 10 and 5 watts. The new FT-2980 is similar to the earlier FT-2900, but with 10 watts more. Same beefy 4.2 lbs. weight. It will be available in July. We are accepting orders now. [May 22]

New Yaesu FT-70DR Dual Band “Fusion” Handheld
The new Yaesu FT-70DR Dual Band Handheld transceiver features normal FM and “Fusion” C4FM Digital voice operation at a very attractive price. The 2 meter / 70cm “one band at a time” HT provides 5 watts on both bands. The AMS (Automatic Mode Select) detects the operating mode of the received signal as C4FM digital or analog FM, and then automatically and instantly switches the receiver to the appropriate mode. The two multi colored LEDs indicate current mode of operation. Other enhancements include: wideband receive(108 - 579.995 MHz), CTCSS/DCS encode/decode, 700 mW audio output and multiple scan modes. Includes: Antenna, SBR-24LI 7.4V 1800 mAh Li-Ion Battery, SAD-18B Battery Charger, Belt Clip, USB Cable, Warranty Card and Operating Manual. Three year limited warranty. Shipping started on July 6th. [Mar 22]

New Icom IC-R6 “Red” Colored Version
There will soon be a "metallic-red" colored version of the Icom IC-R6 Sport pocket Wideband Receiver. This Sport-16 version does not include the rechargeable batteries or charger (sold separately). Started shipping on March 24th. [Mar 20]

New Eton Grundig “Executive” Portables
Eton Grundig has released two upgraded “Worldband” portable receivers. The new Grundig Executive Satellit and Grundig Executive Traveler now include a luxurious wrap-around case that protects the radio when traveling and also serves as a tilt stand. Another addition to both of these new models is the “double jointed” telescopic antenna for improved placement. Now shipping. [Feb 02]

New Sangean Digital HD Radios
Sangean has three new radios for listening to the exciting over the air AM/FM Digital HD broadcasts. This technology will give dramatically improved fidelity and provide additional programming that is only listenable with an HD Radio. Enjoy additional music formats, sports, talk programs without any subscription fees. The HDR-16 is a portable model that can be operated on four C batteries or with it's included AC adapter. Dual speakers and a powerful 3.5 watts per channel with separate Bass and Treble controls provides excellent sound. Table model HDR-18 features a powerful 7 watt amplifier (also with separate Bass and Treble controls) and includes a remote control. The HDT-20 is simply a "tuner". It would be connected to the "Aux Input" of your existing "stereo receiver" for full fidelity. (It does not have it's own audio amplifier). Features include a remote control, SPDIF digital outputs (coaxial and optical) and a large sized tuning knob. [Jan 26]

Whistler TRX-1 / TRX-2 Scanner Firmware Update for NXDN™
The Whistler TRX-1 (handheld) and TRX-2 (desktop/mobile) were released in May 2016 and it was announced during the initial product debut, that development of NXDN monitoring was underway and owners would receive the NXDN™ upgrade later this year. NXDN™ is a digital protocol for mobile communications developed jointly by Icom Incorporated and JVC Kenwood Corporation. This update is available at no charge for these Whistler scanner models. It is applied via the “EZ Scan” software application. Follow instructions carefully! [Jan 15]

"World Radio TV Handbook" 2017 Edition
The 71st edition of "The Directory Of Global Broadcasting" is now available. The 2017 "World Radio TV Handbook" is the definitive source of broadcast radio information. It's 672 pages contains country-by-country listings of services and broadcasters including television. DX clubs and Internet resources and much more. A number of radio reviews are also featured, this year includes the Icom IC-7300, Reuter Elektronik RDR55D, SDRPlay RSP, Wellbrook ALA1530LNP, and Bonito AAS300. Features section includes articles on Remote Receivers, A Pacific Radio Adventure, The Mighty KBC station, CKZN St John's, the International Radio for Disaster Relief Project. [Dec 26, 2016]

CommRadio CTX-10 QRP SDR Transceiver
AeroStream Communications new CommRadio CTX-10 QRP transceiver features high performance, internal SDR technology, low current consumption, compact size and simple operation. Transmitter coverage is from 80 to 10 meters, receiver is continuous from 200 kHz to 30 MHz. Superb “self-contained” portable operation with it’s three internal #18650 2600 mAh Li-ion batteries and internal antenna tuner. Power output is selectable at 5 or 10 watts. Built in intelligent charger assures proper battery management and efficient operation. Robust aluminum cabinet construction including metal knobs and a premium quality “optical” tuning encoder. A built-in CW reader is also included. Proudly made in Colorado USA. Availability is estimated for December 2017 [Oct 23]

Tokyo Ham Fair August 19, 2016.
A number of major new radio models were announced at the JARL Tokyo Ham Fair on August 19. The Icom ID-51A PLUS 2 D-Star handheld transceive adds two new D-Star modes. Icom debuted two new wideband receivers. The new Icom IC-R8600 desktop receiver is in the same form-factor as the IC-7300 HF transceiver and will also be SDR based. Coverage is 0.01 to 3000 MHz. The new Icom IC-R30 handheld receiver will feature similar frequency coverage (TBA). Both will be capable of “Phase 1” P25 digital plus additional digital modes. Icom also announced the new IC-7610 HF Transceiver. Dual receive and a larger touch screen display were noted and is in the same size cabinet as the current IC-7600. More details are TBA. Also a new matching external speaker called the SP-39AD was shown with the IC-R8600. (The above items have not been FCC approved yet). Yaesu officially announced the improved FT-991A HF/VHF/UHF transceiver. A color waterfall and a real time spectrum scope have been added. Availability is scheduled for late September 2016 and are accepting orders now. Kenwood officially announced the new and very exciting TH-D74A Tri-Band HT with D-Star. [Aug 25]

Yaesu FT-891 HF Transceiver.
The compact FT-891 HF transceiver was first shown at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention. Transmit amateur coverage is from 160 thru 6 meters. It’s triple conversion receiver covers 30 kHz to 56 MHz. Power output is 100 watts with dual temperature controlled internal fans and features include a detachable front panel, 32 bit IF DSP and a stock ±0.5 PPM TCXO. A custom made FC-50 external antenna tuner is available (optional), and fits neatly under the set. [Aug 04]

Sangean HDR-18 HD Radio™
The new Sangean HDR-18 tabletop radio is capable receiving high quality stellar digital HD Radio™ on the AM (Medium Wave) and FM broadcasting bands and excellent audio quality on standard AM and FM stations. Features a powerful 7 watt mono amplifier with Bass, Treble and a loudness adjustments. Stereo FM with headphones and a rear mounted fixed level “line output” jack for tape recorder or external amplifier. Line input jack for playing your iPod or MP3 device through it’s quality speaker/amplifier. It even includes full featured infrared remote control and external antenna connections (for both AM and FM bands). All of this in acoustically tuned wood cabinet. AC power adapter is provided in the box. [Jul 25]

TYT Mobile Transceivers
Three new TYT mobile transceivers are now available at Universal and all at a great value. The TYT TH9000D VHF FM mobile transceiver covers 136 to 174 MHz and delivers 60, 25 or 10 watts of RF output. TYT TH9000D 220 FM mobile transceiver covers 200 to 260 MHz. Transmitter delivers 50, 25 or 10 watts of output. Mounting bracket, hand mic, DC power cord and manual are provided with either model. The TYT TH9800+ “Quad band” transceiver covers: 10 meters, 6 meters, 2 meters and 70 cm. 800 standard memories, 5 pairs of band-edge memories, 6 home channels and 6 hyper-memory channels. Independent Band controls. RF power is 50 watts on VHF and 40 watts on UHF. Supplied with mobile mounting bracket, DC power cord, handheld DTMF mic, a 14.8 foot control head separation cable and printed manual. [Jun 09]

Whistler Launching DMR Capable Scanners
Whistler has announced two new scanners, the TRX-1 (handheld) and TRX-2 (desktop/mobile). Digital modes feature P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA, Phase II and DMR which covers: Conventional DMR, Hytera XPT, MotoTRBO™ Capacity Plus, MotoTRBO™ Connect Plus, MotoTRBO™ Linked Cap Plus systems. If that was not enough excitement, Whistler is in development of NXDN mode and the TRX-1 and TRX-2 will include NXDN as a FREE upgrade when available. Whistler will also be offering a DMR update at NO CHARGE to customers owning models WS1080, WS1088, WS1095, and WS1098. This upgrade is scheduled to be available via the EZ Scan pc app in late May. [May 17]

Alinco DR-735T Transceiver FCC Cleared
The long awaited Alinco DR-735T 144/440 MHz dual band mobile transceiver was FCC cleared on April 12. Features include a oversize LCD display, removable head, RGB backlighting, support for crossband repeater operation. There are separate volume, squelch and tuning knobs for each band. RF output power selectable for 50, 20 or 5 watts. Supplied with EMS-57 backlit DTMF microphone and mobile mounting bracket. Pricing and availability will follow shortly. [Apr 15]

TYT “DMR” Digital Handheld Transceivers
TYT’s exciting DMR-380 VHF and DMR-380 UHF handheld transceivers feature the latest TDMA technology at a very affordable price. They can also operate in traditional analog FM mode as well (12.5 or 25 kHz). Backlit color screen with voice prompts and channel name setting. 1 or 5 watts selectable RF power output. The “MD-380 VHF” model coverage is 136 – 174 MHz and the “MD-380 UHF” model 400 – 480 MHz. Radio is supplied with 7.4V 2000 mAh Li-ion battery, drop-in charging base, 110/220 Volt AC adapter, SMA type antenna, belt clip and carry strap. For a limited time includes the programming cable and software. These models came into stock at Universal on 03/23/16. [Mar 23]

Yaesu FTM-3200DR VHF Fusion Mobile.
Yaesu’s new FTM-3200DR VHF mobile with “System Fusion” Digital at a very attractive price. Power output is selectable at 5, 30 or 65 watts and includes a built-in cooling fan. AMS (Automatic Mode Select) instantly recognizes whether a transmission is digital or analog, and appropriately switches the operating mode to allow flawless co-existence of both digital and analog users. The cool dual multi-color LEDs indicate the transceiver's mode of operation. Even includes the USB connecting cable. This model came into stock at Universal on 03/18/16. [Mar 10]

Icom IC-7300 SDR HF Transceiver FCC Cleared.
The forthcoming Icom IC-7300 was “officially” FCC cleared on February 24th. This exciting HF+6 meter transceiver features a direct sampling receiver, TFT Touch screen with real time spectrum display and waterfall, built-in antenna tuner, SD card slot, voice memory, 15 band pass filters, CW/RTTY memory keyer functions and much more. [Feb 25]

Shortwave Receivers Past & Present - Available Again
The new Universal Radio Research publication Shortwave Receivers Past & Present - Communications Receivers 1942-2013 4th Edition - Second Printing is now in stock. The greatly expanded 4th edition includes 360 manufactures, 1700 models and boast 800 pages, hard bound. The Second Printing addresses a few technical corrections, and features some upgraded photos. The price remains at $49.95 (plus shipping). Worldwide shipping is available. [Jan 30 2016]

World Radio TV Handbook 70th Edition
The 70th (2016) edition of the “World Radio TV Handbook” is now shipping from Universal. It has been the definitive source of broadcast radio information for seven decades. It covers the latest on medium wave, shortwave and FM broadcasts and broadcasters. Country-by-country lists of services and broadcasters, winter shortwave frequencies, international and domestic broadcasts by frequency and language, television broadcasters, DX club information, radio reviews Internet resources — and much more. 70th Anniversary Edition [Dec 22]

Whistler WS1088 and WS1098 Scanners Now Shipping
Whistler’s new WS1088 handheld and WS1098 base/desktop scanners are now shipping. Both feature a full numeric keypad for easy frequency “on the fly” entry while retaining the all of features of the WS1080 and WS1095 models. [Dec 15]

Uniden offers EDACS ProVoice upgrade to BCD436HP and BCD536HP Scanners
Uniden now offers an optional firmware download to allow owners of their flagship BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners to scan and monitor EDACS Pro Voice trunked radio systems. The EDACS ProVoice systems are currently used in several major market areas in North America. The cost of this update is $50.00. Full information on the required firmware updates can be found on the Uniden web sites:  BCD436HP firmware update.   BCD536HP firmware update. [Dec 04]

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